Jon Fitch defends title vs. Jake Shields at WSOF 34 – opposite UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden
Jon Fitch will put his welterweight title on the line for the first time in November when he meets Jake Shields in the WSOF 34 main event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo announced the matchup between Fitch (28-7-1) and Shields (31-8-1) to ESPN.com today, confirming the card would run opposite of the highly anticipated UFC 205 pay-per-view set for the same night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
WSOF 34 takes place Nov. 12 at Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colo., near Denver. The main card will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Vik Grujic returns against Roger Bowling in Canada
Vik Grujic has found a new home with Canadian based “Z Promotions” and will square off with former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on the promotion’s Fight Night Medicine Hat 2 event on October 28.
A live stream of the show, which takes place at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, will be available right here at Fight News Australia.
It’s been 16 months since we last saw Grujic (7-5) in action. That was against fellow “TUF Nations” cast member Brendan O’Reilly, who dealt a unanimous decision loss to “The Spartan” at UFC Fight Night 65 in Adelaide. The defeat marked Grujic’s third in four UFC fights, and he was shown the door from the promotion consequently. The 39 year-old’s lone UFC victory came against Chris Indich in New Zealand.
WSOF 33 card finalized with addition of seven preliminary bouts
The card for WSOF 33 is complete with the promotion’s announcement of a seven-fight preliminary card.
The promotion today announced the bouts in a press release.
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WSOF 33 takes place at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. A special three-hour main card airs on NBCSN. An official announcement from the promotion is expected soon.
A bantamweight rematch between Chris Gutierrez (9-1-1) and Timur Valiev (10-2) headlines the preliminary card. Also at Bantamweight, Jesse Brock (22-8) battles Bekbulat Magomedov (16-1).
RFA 45 set for Oct. 28 with championship doubleheader
RFA returns to “The Gopher State” in October for a card anchored by a pair of title fights.
RFA 45 will take place Oct. 28 at Mystic Showroom in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card will air on AXS TV.
In the main event, Gerald Meerschaert (23-8) faces Chase Waldon (10-1) for the vacant middleweight championship. Raoni Barcelos (10-1) puts his featherweight title on the line against Dan Moret (11-2) in the co-main event. The evening will also feature the return of Logan Storley (4-0) against an opponent to be named.
Meerschaert brings a four-fight winning streak into the middleweight title bout. All four wins – and 21 of his 23 career victories – have come via stoppage. The bout will mark his debut in the promotion.
Waldon is riding his own eight-fight winning streak. He has also only won by decision twice in his professional career.
With 3-hour broadcast, 6-bout WSOF 33 main card complete with Nurmagomedov-Howard
The lineup is set for WSOF’s first three-hour main-card broadcast.
Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie two new and final main-card additions for WSOF 33.
They include welterweights John Howard (24-12) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (12-1) and heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) vs. Ashley Gooch (10-4).
WSOF 33, which features two title fights, takes place Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Former UFC lightweight Ramsey Nijem signs with WSOF
The Ultimate Fighter season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has signed a an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with World Series of Fighting. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday.
Nijem hasn't fought in over a year. His last fight was at UFC on Fox 16 back in July 2015, where he lost a split-decision to Andrew Holbrook. The 28-year-old lightweight is currently 9-6 as a professional fighter and has fought for the UFC since 2011, compiling a record of 5-5. Nijem holds notable victories over Beneil Dariush, Joe Proctor, and Danny Downes.
Nijem's WSOF debut is expected to be announced soon, according to the promotion.
Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang booked for ONE: Defending Honor in November
ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will look for his third consecutive title defense in November when he'll face off with Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor, ONE Championship announced.
Aoki, 33, is riding a nine-fight win streak dating back to 2012 across three weight classes. He won the ONE championship lightweight title after scoring a second-round submission victory over Kotetsu Boku in 2013. Since then, he's competed at featherweight, defended his ONE title twice and most recently scored a first-round TKO victory over Kazushi Sakuraba in a welterweight contest in December. His record stands at 39-6 with 1 no contest.
Invicta FC 19 adds six fights, including MMA debut of Lion Fight champ Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta FC’s returns next month with a pair of title fights at the top of the bill, and now the rest of the card has taken shape.
Invicta FC 19 has six new fights, including the pro MMA debut of muay Thai and kickboxing standout Tiffany Van Soest.
Invicta FC 19 takes place Sept. 23 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, interim flyweight champ Jennifer Maia defends her title against Roxanne Modafferi, and in the co-feature, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends her belt against Jinh Yu Frey.
David Branch to Defend 205-Pound Title Against Vinny Magalhaes at WSOF 33
WSOF 33 goes down on Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan., and will be headlined by a lightweight championship tilt between titlist Justin Gaethje and Ozzy Dugulubgov. NBCSN will televise the action live.
Branch, who is also the promotion’s 185-pound champion, snagged the light heavyweight strap by submitting Teddy Holder via rear-naked choke last September. He defended his crown in April by edging Clifford Starks over five rounds and now Branch, who hasn’t lost since Anthony “Rumble” Johnson beat him on points four years ago at Titan FC 22, looks to win his ninth in a row versus Magalhaes.
Featherweight prospect Paddy Pimblett meets Johnny Frachey in Cage Warriors 78 title fight
Cage Warriors will crown a new featherweight champion next month at Cage Warriors 78.
Officials today announced Paddy Pimblett (11-1) and Johnny Frachey (18-10) are slated for the fight, which awards the winner the vacant 145-pound title.
Cage Warriors 78 takes place Sept. 10 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The belt was previously held by current UFC fighters Alex Enlund and Jim Alers.
Russian MMA Union now regulating street fights
On August 21, a beach volleyball stadium in Omsk, Russia was transformed into a gladiator pit for aspiring MMA fighters. A makeshift ring was erected from the sand. The ropes were made of braided rope and the canvas was nothing more than matted grass and patted sand. Small crowds huddled around the makeshift square chanting ‘Russiya' while their countrymen flailed gloved fists at each other.
Incredibly, the fights which appeared to be nothing more than a replica of a scene from ‘Snatch,' were regulated by the Russian MMA Union. A single judge watched the proceedings from alongside the pseudo-ring. The referee placed in the ring with the two fighters was also an official from the Union.
Ex-UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt signs multi-fight contract with World Series of Fighting
Former UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt has signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
The three-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State went 6-2 in the UFC, and is 14-3 overall as a professional, scoring notable wins over Stefan Struve and Soa Palelei. The 30-year old Rosholt lost his last fight at UFC Fight Night 82 during Super Bowl weekend against Roy Nelson via unanimous decision, but had won three fights in a row heading in.
The WSOF also announced it signed another heavyweight, 41-year old Ashley Gooch (10-4), who has won eight fights in a row, most recently in the regional promotion CES. Save for his first professional bout in 2010, all of Gooch's victories have come via finish (seven via TKO/KO, and two by submission).
Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi, Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey set for Invicta FC 19
Invicta FC has a pair of title fights coming up next month.
Jennifer Maia will defend her flyweight title against fan favorite Roxanne Modafferi in the main event of Invicta FC 19 on Sept. 23 in Kansas City, it was announced Wednesday. In the co-main event, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki will face Jinh Yu Frey.
Maia (13-4-1) won the interim belt by beating Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision in March. The exciting Brazilian striker has won four in a row. Maia, 27, only has two losses since 2012.
Modafferi (19-12) has won two in a row, including a split decision win over DeAnna Bennett in March. The popular Modafferi is a pioneer in women's MMA, beginning her pro career in 2003. Modafferi, 33, has turned her career around after moving from Japan to Las Vegas to train at Syndicate MMA.
Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett vs. Minoru Kimura added to next Rizin FF event
Pride FC veteran Charles Bennett is set to make his return to Japan at Rizin FF event in September. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.
The 36-year-old fighter is set to take on Brazilian kickboxer Minoru Kimura in a featherweight bout. This fight will be contested under MMA rules.
This will be Kimura's first fight under MMA rules. The 22-year-old fighter has been fighting in kickboxing since 2010, compiling an impressive record of 21-6-1 with 15 knockout victories. He also hold a record of 5-3 in top kickboxing promotion K-1.
CES MMA 38 set for Sept. 23, includes UFC vets Levan Makashvili vs. Sean Soriano
CES MMA will return to Connecticut next month, and its next card will include a pair of UFC veterans squaring off at featherweight.
Levan Makashvili (11-2-1) will take on Sean Soriano (9-4) at CES MMA 38, promotion officials today announced. In addition, a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar (15-2) and Chris Foster (9-4) was announced, as was a flyweight fight featuring Carlos Candelario (4-0) vs. Brandon Warne (1-1).
CES MMA 38 will take place Sept. 23 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air live on AXS TV. No main event for the card was announced, though all three fights are expected to be part of the main card.
WSOF, Bellator vet Cody Bollinger in for Padilla vs. Anthony Avila at Friday's RFA 42
Friday’s RFA 42 event has had a change, and a WSOF and Bellator veteran will get the short-notice call as a result.
Chris Padilla (7-1) has been forced out of his lightweight fight against Anthony Avila (12-4) with a broken hand, a promotion official confirmed to MMAjunkie. Stepping in for Padilla on short notice is Cody Bollinger (18-5).
RFA 42 takes place Friday at Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, Calif. The main card airs on AXS TV.
Featherweight champ Andre Harrison meets Alexandre Bezerra in third title fight for Titan FC 41
Next month’s Titan FC 41 event now will feature a trio of title fights at the top of the bill.
Featherweight champion Andre Harrison (13-0) will go after his fourth title defense when he meets Alexandre Bezerra (18-4) on the card in South Florida. Titan officials announced the new title booking today.
Already announced for Titan FC 41 is a main event inaugural women’s bantamweight title fight – a trilogy rematch – between Carina Damm and Kalindra Faria and Farkhad Sharipov vs. Andrew Whitney in the final of a bantamweight tournament to determine the 135-pound men’s champ.
Rizin FF announces Gabi Garcia's opponent, new fights and more for GP event
Nine-time jiujitsu world champion and recently turned MMA fighter Gabi Garcia finally has an opponent for her upcoming fight at September's Rizin Fighting Federation event.
The news was announced by the promotion on Tuesday, along with other new match ups and participants of the open-weight tournament.
The undefeated Garcia is set to take on football player Destanie Yarbrough, who's 1-0 as a professional fighter. Yarbrough made her MMA debut on April at The Warriors Cage 24, defeating Crystal Parson via first-round technical knockout. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Garcia is 2-0 in MMA, with her last fight being in April where she submitted Anna Malyukova.
Additionally, two more woman's bouts where added to the card, as three-time junior Olympic wrestling medalist Kanako Murata will take on Kyra Batara in a strawweight bout, and 25-year-old kickboxing veteran Rena Kubota will fight Olympic wrestler Miyuu Yamamoto. The weight class for Kubota vs. Yamamoto is yet to be announced.
Carina Damm meets Kalindra Faria for women's bantamweight title at Titan FC 41
A pair of titles will be on the line when Titan FC returns to South Florida next month.
In the Titan FC 41 main event, Carina Damm (23-12) will meet Kalindra Faria (17-5-1) for the promotion’s inaugural women’s bantamweight title. That fight is a trilogy bout – the pair is 1-1 against each other.
And in the co-feature, Farkhad Sharipov (16-6) takes on Andrew Whitney (14-4) in the final of a bantamweight tournament to determine Titan’s 135-pound men’s champ.
Promotion officials recently announced the card, which will take place Sept. 9 at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also announced for the card are four bouts pitting fighters from South Florida’s rival gyms, American Top Team and the Blackzilians. The Blackzilians’ Valdir Araujo (16-7) will meet ATT’s Taylor Krahl (7-3) in a 175-pound catchweight bout; ATT’s Steve Carl (22-5) fights Jason Jackson (5-2) at welterweight; the Blackzilians’ Demarques Jackson (5-0) fights Raush Manfio (7-1) at lightweight; and Caio Rocha (5-0) of the Blackzilians fights Aalon Cruz (3-1) at featherweight. Plus, a pair of heavyweights will make their pro debuts when Steve Mowry (0-0) takes on Romeo Valdez (0-0).
Ben Saunders, booked for regional fight vs. Jacob Volkmann, explains UFC exit
After a three-fight winning streak in his return to the UFC, Ben Saunders was stopped by Patrick Cote in January.
Losing to a former title challenger to have a streak snapped is not something that normally would send a fighter packing from the UFC. But quietly, Saunders found himself no longer on the promotion’s roster.
Next month, Saunders will get back to work for the first time since his loss to Cote, but it won’t be in the UFC. Instead, Saunders (19-7-2) will fight in Minnesota for Fight Night at the Island against fellow UFC vet Jacob Volkmann (19-6). The event takes place at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn.